FRINGE PREVIEW: Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton

Terry Alderton delighted critics and punters last year with a smash-hit show, followed by a UK tour and an appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. This year, he returns with a brand-new show which promises You’ll Be Glad To See The Back Of Him.

“I’m not sure myself yet what audiences can expect!” laughs Terry. “It’s more of a story piece this year; I’m trying to do something a bit different and push things a little further.”

“Not in the way of gags – they’re still there – but more in the the delivery. I’m really wanting to see how far I can take the human mind en-masse with this show.”

Terry started in stand-up at the tender age of 18 with material he now considers “a cobbled load of old hack“. Since his re-invention in 2005 he’s been developing his own unique style and is determined to continue growing as a performer.

“I’ve made a massive progression,” he says. “Last year I read Steve Martin’s biography and that had a major impact on me – it gave me a huge boost which has resulted in this year’s show.”

He admits it’s not always been plain sailing getting to where he is now.

“It’s been crazy,” he says. “Certainly not a boring life!”

“And Edinburgh’s not quite the way it was,” he continues. “It’s now much more of a shop window for people to spot talent. That’s why things like the Free Fringe are great.”

“But I’ve sworn nothing is ever going to stifle me, and I’m doing what I really wanted to be doing now.”

You can see Terry’s new show at the Pleasance Courtyard from 3-28 Aug (not 15) at 21:20. More details are on the Fringe website.

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